The Pioneer

The Pioneer

La libreta

La libreta

Alexandra Archuleta,
Contributor
September 20, 2017

Cuban, government-owned supermarkets, otherwise known as bodegas, have been controlled by the Cuban government since Fidel Castro implemented a rations system in 1962.  From Castro’s regime to present...

Modification of old cars in Cuba

Modification of old cars in Cuba

Peter Wang,
Contributor
August 29, 2017

Watching the movie “Fast and Furious 8” was an amazing experience that bonded me with Cuba. As a petrol head, illegal street racing scene in the movies can always touch my heart, while this time...

Everyday life in Cuba is simpler than you imagine

Everyday life in Cuba is simpler than you imagine

Stephanie Maniche,
Contributor
August 29, 2017

It is always interesting when traveling abroad to experience that first reality check, which confirms you are not home. Today, in Havana, Cuba it is expected you will see cars from the 1950s, a not-so-modern...

A walk through Caibarién in my grandfather’s shoes

A walk through Caibarién in my grandfather’s shoes

Daniel Arevalo,
Contributor
August 29, 2017

On Jan. 28, 1962, Juan Francisco Luna, or “Illo,” pronounced ee-yo, left his home at 3 a.m. towards the Atlantic Ocean just two blocks from his doorstep in Caibarién, Villa Clara, Cuba. From a "chapín,"...

“Patria o muerte:” Anti-colonial history and Cuba’s place in Latin America

Cristian Sanchez,
Contributor
August 28, 2017

In a forest of banner-less flagpoles, there stands a wall, a wall that boldly displays three simple yet powerful words in bright red: “¡Patria o muerte!” Even more curious than its placement amongst...

Stephanie Maniche

Stephanie Maniche

Stephanie Maniche,
Contributor
August 27, 2017

Reality check After deplaning at Havana Airport and going through security, it still had not sunk in that I was in Cuba. The humidity, intense heat and the accents were not enough to confirm that I...

Mitch Scorza

Mitch Scorza

Mitch Scorza,
Contributor
August 27, 2017

Salternative facts iAy que rico y sabor! Allow me to explain; in Latin American countries, this is a compliment mostly aimed at the food or “la comida.” In Cuba, the food has a bounty of flavor,...

Donnisha Brown

Donnisha Brown

Donnisha Brown,
Contributor
August 27, 2017

A Cuban is a Cuban In the United States, there are African Americans, Chinese Americans, Mexican Americans and many more Americans. Although it is not directly defined by race, wealth, livelihood and...

Daisy Ortiz

Daisy Ortiz

Daisy Ortiz,
Spanish Editor
August 23, 2017

Small business, big surprise Havana is a mix between gray and white. I say gray because unfortunately for some and a blessing for others, even the best parts of Havana aren’t what you would see in...

Communism, bad for whom?

Communism, bad for whom?

Stephanie Maniche,
Contributor
August 23, 2017

 Growing up, I always associated communism with being a bad thing and capitalism as being great. Sometimes in life, we just accept what we’re told if enough people are saying the same thing until we...

Alexandra Archuleta

Alexandra Archuleta

Alexandra Archuleta,
Contributor
August 23, 2017

Life in the slow lane Life for the socialist citizens of Havana, Cuba moves at a different pace. In the land of 1950s vintage cars, slow internet, and even slower hospitality, it’s more than apparent...

Cal State Cuba: Students make trek from Hayward to Havana this summer

Cal State Cuba: Students make trek from Hayward to Havana this summer

Stephen Freitas,
Contributor
May 24, 2017

On June 30, approximately 25 Cal State East Bay students — including myself — will fly from Los Angeles to Havana, Cuba, where we will take classes in documentary film and photojournalism, and produce...

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